The Summer holidays can be a pleasure or a curse depending on a number of things; how many children you have, your child care provision, whether you are going on holiday, money and the blinkin weather! Having your children at home, not having to do the school run and being able to lots of fun things can be great; however, it can be an exhausting job keeping children occupied for the whole six weeks.
The issue is further complicated if you have to negotiate work into the equation too; being a working parent can cause guilt at the best of times but at holiday times it is compounded. Being a parent calls on a variety of skills, organisation being paramount; so put your best foot forward and get planning. Look at your resources and what time you have and make a plan for KEEPING THE KIDS ENTERTAINED.
Children don’t need to be ‘doing something’ every day; plan something a couple of times a week to get them out of the house, it doesn’t have to cost too much. Look out for free events in your area, go to different parks and beaches if the weather is good and make use of all our free museums if it is not. Take picnics, go with friends and make it more of an event of it, the children will have others to play with and you will have company too. Even better, go with family you can share the care of your children.
On the down days there are still lots of things which you can do; have friends over because they tend to entertain each other (plus there may be a return invite), bake some cakes, have a ‘movie afternoon’, play board games, do some crafts and play dress up! Most of all enjoy your time because they grow up way too fast and you will miss your precious time with them.